Adventure Is Out There (AIOT) is an experiential program of the Bray Foundation, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to advance the education and training of new adoption families while focusing on increasing the welfare of family relationships through Disney and other nurturing experiences that encourage family bonding.
Adventure Is Out There experiences are designed to help first-time adoption families build closer relationships both together and with other adoptive families. They benefit parents who are receiving resources through the adoption process and provides an opportunity to use that knowledge in an enriching environment that builds on what they’ve learned. We also award these experiences to say “Thank You” to the wonderful parents who are providing children forever homes who otherwise would have uncertain futures.
Signing the adoption decree, while a blessing, is the beginning of emotional challenges to overcome and the unlearning of survival skills that may have been developed because of the past. It's not uncommon for trauma to play a major role in the world of foster and adoption. The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “Assume that all children who have been adopted or fostered have experienced trauma.” Understanding this, families who foster and adopt not only invest their time and resources, they open their hearts and homes to help these children overcome this trauma and their everyday challenges.
AIOT's family trips are a fantastic opportunity to get the family out of their everyday normal, to allow the children to regain some of their childhood while also providing opportunities for the new families to create some of their very first memories together. These trips also serve to connect first-time adoption families so that the parents and kids can connect with others who are on a similar journey.
Finally, we understand the financial responsibility that these families face. The funds required to foster, then adopt and as is often the case provide medical/therapeutic resources can quickly add up. So AIOT will provide these experiences all-inclusive to make this incredible adventure a reality.
Please help us thank and reward these wonderful families by making a donation here: DONATE. Nearly 100% of all donations go directly to making these trips possible. The more funds we can raise the more adventures we can offer these amazing families!
We appreciate your consideration and welcome you to the Adventure Is Out There family.
Adventure Is Out There is a non-profit 501(c)(3) national organization and your contribution does qualify as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the deductibility of any contribution.
AUGUST 18-22, 2018
MANCOS, CO - MAJESTIC DUDE RANCH FAMILY TEEN TRIP
This August, your friends at AIOT will be taking up to 3 first-time adoption families with teens 13-17 to Majestic Dude Ranch for a western family getaway. Located in the San Juan Mountains, Majestic Dude Ranch evokes the Old West with rustic cabins and grounds that look out to aspen-fringed peaks. This rural setting is ideal for riding horseback, fishing, white water rafting or simply relaxing by a campfire. This family adventure will be filled with fun activities, memorable moments, family bonding, educational opportunities, and a break from the daily technology distractions. This experience includes up to 4 round-trip airfare tickets flying into Durango La-Plata County airport + transportation to/from the airport + daily meals + lodging + activities of your choosing such as trail rides, hiking, fishing, swimming, and plenty more. Additional products and services outside of the above parameters will be at the family’s expense.
The trip is a 4-night stay and will take place August 18-22, 2018. All families will fly into Durango, CO (DRO airport) on Saturday, August 18th for an evening stay in Durango. Then Sunday, August 19th Majestic Dude Ranch will shuttle families to their ranch about an hour away. Flights out of DRO will occur on Wednesday, August 22nd. Final trip details will be provided as the dates get closer, however, please make sure your work schedules and your child(s) school allow for this time off without interference. We look forward having your family join us on this adventure!
Families must meet specific criteria to qualify. Please refer to the NOMINATE YOUR FAMILY section below for more details.
We hope to adventure with you soon!
If this trip doesn’t meet your families needs, please check back later for future experience offerings. Future adventures will be geared towards various age groups up to 17 years old.
AIOT’s goal is to bring bonding, education opportunities, and forever memories to first-time adoption families. If you have adopted a child between the ages of 13-17, spent 1+ years together (including foster years), and think that your family could benefit from this experience, please review and fill out the nomination form at the download link below.
Open enrollment for this trip will end June 18, 2018 so be sure to get your nomination forms in by then.
From Our Families
"AIOT granted us a dream & experience our family would have never otherwise been able to do on our own! The bonds & friendships formed on this trip are so valuable & will last a lifetime! Thanks, AIOT for such a magical experience!"
The Bennett Family
"Words can not express how grateful we are for this once in a lifetime opportunity. AIOT is an absolutely amazing organization that did a fantastic job handling everything from A-Z, always putting the needs of the families first. This experience not only helped our family bond but we also built lifetime friendships with other families on the trip. Thank you, AIOT! We love you!"
The Miller Family
"We were able to experience the magic of Disney World not only because of the generosity of AIOT and it's loving supporters, but also the due to the support of the other adoptive families and AIOT staff, we were able to meet our children's individual needs, while ensuring each child had an amazing real childlike experience."
What urged you to start Adventure Is Out There?
We at AIOT are all about family. Families who have adopted children into their forever homes have not only taken on the responsibilities of having a child but quite possibly a child that may have additional challenges. These amazing families have not only invested their time and resources but also have opened their hearts and homes to help their children have a life once not thought possible. AIOT was started not only to thank the families by awarding adventures to promote inner bonding within the family itself but to also act as a resource where adoption families can connect with each other and increase their family’s welfare.
Does Adventure Is Out There cater to all ages?
Our experiences cater to families with adopted children of various age groups and are specific to each trip. For example, our inaugural trip was for families with adopted children between 5-12 years old. Future trips are geared toward teens in the 13-17 age range. We encourage you to check back often to see what’s available.
Is Adventure Is Out There a worldwide charity?
We serve first-time adoption families living in the United States. Unfortunately, due to our resources, international families are not possible for us at this time.
How can I nominate a family?
Families can only be nominated by the parent/s of the adopted children. They will understand best if the trip being offered will truly benefit their family and meet their individual needs.
I love what you are doing! How can I help support Adventure Is Out There?
You can reach out to us directly by sending us a message in the “Contact Us Now” form below. We can also use your support by sharing AIOT with friends, family, and folks within the adoption circles. Finally, supporting AIOT with a donation is always appreciated. The more funds we can raise the more adventures we can offer and more families we can serve. Please consider making a contribution by clicking here: DONATE. Nearly 100% of all donations go directly to making these trips possible.